BY TRACY DIETLIN

Alex Antonio Perez lost his one year and three-month battle with Glioblastoma brain cancer on Wednesday, January 31, a little after 7:00 am. His devoted wife, Jennifer, was by his side. Alex fought the disease with everything he had. After being diagnosed in October of 2016, he had several surgeries, many chemo and radiation treatments, tried several holistic treatments, and did everything possible to beat cancer. He just turned 30 on December 10 of last year and his wife had a birthday party for him at The Hood, where many close friends came out to support and celebrate him, wondering if this would be his last one.

Alex leaves behind his wife Jennifer Powers Perez, his mother Doreen Perez, his father Robert Perez Sr. his brothers Robert Perez Jr. and Michael Perez, and sister Renee Perez, as well as 8 nieces and nephews.

Many of us here in the valley knew Alex as the gifted and amazing singer-songwriter for the bands: Stone Fox, Los Cochinos, Red Sanz, Deadend Paradox and most recently, Hollace. Alex was blessed with a beautiful voice and the ability to sweep you up with his performances on stage. He was a talented and true artist- wordsmith, painter, musician, songwriter and poet.

This past week the valley has mourned the loss of a husband, son, family member, bandmate and friend. There will be a Celebration of Life for Alex on Saturday, February 17 from 4:00 – 10:00pm at 71377 Estellita Drive in Rancho Mirage. This is at their private residence and is for family and close friends. Jennifer is asking everyone to join together to celebrate his life “He wanted this to be a party so let’s have some drinks, listen to and sing along to Alex’s amazing music, share stories and rejoice in the time we had with him and all the memories that we made with Alex.”

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The family will have a private burial for Alex. Anyone wishing to help the family with his burial can donate to the GoFundMe campaign below. RIP my sweet friend.

Jennifer wanted to share a few of the song lyrics Alex wrote:

PEACE LOVES A NEW DAY (Hollace)

Keeping the lonely

The waves come away

Sleeping so soundly

Peace loves a new day

Came here to save you

But I’m not alone

Teach you to make you

Do not hurt a soul

 

Leap, we’re changing scenes

Don’t feel you’re all alone

I’m waiting on the road

Let’s live till we die

 

Gotta keep it forever

Keep it forever

 

No more excuses

It’s time to convey

The hurt that we’re feeling

As time slips away

 

KEEP IT IN TIME (Deadend Paradox)

I’m all alone

with my pocket

The trees can deliver

The world on a silver high

I’m getting old

I can’t stop it

A speech can’t unravel

The travel that’s in my eyes

 

If you keep it in time

Lost it there when you need a sign

Peace of Mind

I know I’m lucky to be

 

I need some soul

When I’ve lost it

Drink from the river

That says that I’m the only one

I gotta roll

With the punches

On a personal note: Phil and I were devastated when Jennifer gave us the news about Alex’s passing. We had been very close to Alex over the last couple years, both as a friend and as the managers for his band Hollace. At one point we all felt that Alex might beat this terrible disease. He was even able to perform at last year’s CV Music Awards in July of 2017 after going through major brain surgery and chemo. I will cherish that performance forever, as I will cherish the time we got to spend with him the day before he passed on to his new journey. Our hearts go out to his wife Jennifer and his Mom and Dad and family. We will truly miss you dear friend. You will forever be in our hearts. We love you Alex.

Tracy Dietlin and Phil Lacombe